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2716  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / WoW: Horde to get Paladins, Alliance Shamans on: July 21, 2006, 06:00:43 PM
Quote from: "Dade"
Edit: Ya know, now that I've thought about it for a few minutes....why didnt Blizzard just go with the typical Anti-Paladin style and introduce a Shadowknight or Reaver style class (in the fashion of EQ and DAoC, respectively) and a "Blatantly Hippy" class for the alliance to counter the Shaman? Would it be really that hard to make a Tank with light DPS capability but with great DoT abilities?


As a result of this, I wonder if Shaman / Paladins will become less solo friendly since their buffs will be scaled down?

Anyways, qft.  If they did this though, they'd have to think up of some new abilities (while keeping the things, like blessings and totems, intact) and probably new armor sets.  I'd like to see it anyways.

But, regardless of all the bitching going on, it'll be good in the long run.  Like some of you have already mentioned, it'll stop the whole "easy mode" shit people keep saying and pvp will perhaps become more balanced.
2717  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / WoW: Horde to get Paladins, Alliance Shamans on: July 21, 2006, 01:40:09 PM
lol.  wow, blizzard really didn't want to get off their lazy ass and think of an idea besides this.  I wonder what all the "omg I'm quitting horde imbalance is unfairz!" and "solutions to pve imbalance" topics will turn into?

after reading a bit of posts, i like this quote:

"Possibly the biggest copout to fixing a broken game mechanic in the history of gaming."
2718  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Unveiled on: July 18, 2006, 11:12:24 PM
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You have to keep in mind that the battle system is designed around it. Since you can split your team up to cover more ground, battles can be won by a single combatant. You start out with a few basic tactics, but as you make progress more specific commands become available.


I've heard about this.  Like you can make them look for treasure or look for an exit.  I hear they're actually pretty good at this too.  I guess not all AI is bad.  Think of teammates AI from "Tales of..." series.  The only thing I still don't like about it is, I wonder how smart/efficient the AI is when it comes to healing.  I know in some rpg's waiting to heal for one turn can mean a whole wipe.  Hopefully the AI is smart enough.

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Some will enjoy it, some will hate it. I would guess it's to keep the players from conquering the tower in a single night. There are some nights when you don't have to worry about the fatigue status.

 
I hear there are also blocks that stop you from going above <x> floor number.  As for the some nights that you don't have to worry about fatigue status, I didn't know that.  Thanks for telling me.  That's good considering a tired party could make a big difference in a difficult battle.

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This is... false I would say. Considering the dungeon crawling is only one aspect of the overall package.


Which part is false?  I realize it's not a total dungeon crawler since during the day you go to school, socialize, do your afterschool stuff.  However it seems beside that, it's a dungeon crawler.  However, from what I am told, the battles can be very fast paced (ala DDS, perhaps). Not only that, but there are no random encounters.  

The only part I could see to be false, tbh, is the one dungeon/tower.  And I really hope it is false and there is more than one dungeon.

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Main character dies = game over.

Again, nothing new in Megaten.


I forgot about that, since I'm used to DDS.  I can live with this as well, assuming the AI is smart enough to keep the main character healed.

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From the looks of it, a bad dub could really ruin this game... Let's hope Atlus does a top quality job like it did with Avatar Tuner I/II (or atleast hope the game has an off feature).


Agreed.  DDS had some very enjoyable voice acting.  I hope Persona 3's is just as good.  As for the off feature, it's doubtful since the Japanese version does not even have subtitles (for the hard of hearing).  I hope they do put in subtitles for the english version.  Sometimes it's just tough to understand what they're saying with the music on (Grandia 3 comes to mind...).
2719  Media / Single-Player RPGs / This Fall/Winter is gonna suck....but is also awesome. on: July 18, 2006, 07:16:24 PM
Ton of interesting games coming out.

If the rogue galaxy delay is indeed true, I won't be crying any tears.  I am interested in this game but there is just too much coming out in the next few months.  Maybe i'll have more of a break by the time it comes out.  At this point, I couldn't even give a shit about the new consoles because there are just too many good games coming out for the PS2.

Persona 3 also seems more likely for a winter release, so i'm glad about that too.  If it comes out, I won't complain but we'll just have to wait and see.

The games i'm looking forward to the most are Valkyrie Profile 2 (Ryan says it's great, so i'll take his word for it), FFXII, and .hack//GU.  I'm looking forward to all the games, but those are sticking out the most for me at the moment.  My wallet is weeping.
2720  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 18, 2006, 07:10:23 PM
Pretty interesting video (only saw some, I'm on dial-up and fairly impatient, so I didn't wait for it all to load).

I'm pretty interested in the game.  It gives me portable RPG action and a new RPG none the less (new to me, at least).  Also, it seems to have some kind of job system.  Even if it's not like FF5's, which I liked, it still scores points with me.  Definitely looking forward to it.  DS fun = WIN.
2721  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Unveiled on: July 18, 2006, 07:04:45 PM
The music in this game is indeed pretty cool.  

However after reading some of the various importers impressions, I am very unsure if Persona 3 is worth a purchase.

    - No control over your party members other than "tactics setup". Meaning they do what they want.  I hear the AI is fairly smart, but there are times they fuck up and cost you to lose.
    - Your party members get tired.  Kinda adds to the realism and this is less a "con" per se, but probably will just be an annoyance.
    - This is a dungeon crawler to the extreme.  From what I read, you are student by day, dungeon crawler by night.  There is only one tower (think Grandia Extreme).  However, many people who said this didn't seem to get extremely far, so maybe it changes.  Also, there are no save points in the dungeon, but each floor has a teleporter that teleports you to the beginning.
    - Main character dies = game over.


Those are really only the bad parts I can remember.  But I have such an interest in daily Japanese life, the whole school and afterschool club part REALLY interests me.  If they keep the whole Japanese aspect and not change a lot of stuff and leave things how they are in game, I will probably pick it up anyhow since it still piques my interest.  I really wish they'd have a bi-lingual option, but since there are no options for subtitles at all in the Japanese version, I'm guessing the english release will be English Dub only.

Also, the Japanese version had an easy and normal mode which sways my interest for being a big pussy.
2722  The Rest / General Discussions / All new and better DS on: July 18, 2006, 06:50:57 PM
Yeah... so I got a regular DS for my birthday a couple months ago because I did not know about the DS Lite.  So, I sold my DS on ebay recently to fund my DS Lite purchase (a friend told me I'm a dick for selling it, i'd have to agree).

The DS Lite is definitely awesome.  Definitely worth the purchase.

I as well just need more games.  FFIII and new Yoshi's Island cannot come out soon enough to fuel my need to play with my shiny new toy.
2723  The Rest / The Bazaar / WTB Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow on: July 18, 2006, 06:47:18 PM
I would like this also.  I sent a PM to Daggerstrike.  Anyone else can PM me incase s/he doesn't have it.

Thanks.
2724  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / WoW paid character transfer to cost $25 a pop on: June 23, 2006, 10:20:50 AM
Quote from: "Ryos"
This is only proper, but a lot of people (not surprisingly bored PVEers) hoped that paid server transfers meant PVEers could go to a PVP server and basically skip the gankathon treadmill.


Of course.  If they could do this, this would lower the amount of 1-59 people on PvP servers immensely.  No one likes the "gankathon treadmill".  IIRC, when this game came out, a ton of people from this board bitched about being ganked too much, which led them to quit or switch to a PvE server.  I'll admit it was bad at times, espicially before the introduction of BG's.

Anyways, I'm glad they restricted it.  I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means, and I leveled a horde to 60 (horde is more difficult on a pvp server since there are a lot more bored alliance than bored horde imo.  I've leveled a war to 55 on alliance, and I definitely got ganked a ton more on the horde side).  If I can do it, almost anyone can do it.

As for the cost, it's not too bad.  If you want to change servers, it's worth it.  I know when I leveled up my priest, I never even thought of the timezone consideration.  But when I hit 60, I realized the server was on the west coast and i am on the east coast.  It made raiding quite difficult and probably why I inevitably stopped playing.  Good for me though.
2725  The Rest / General Discussions / Hey....Bill Gates does it too! on: June 22, 2006, 03:08:30 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
The only time I download music is if it's a free sample off a band's website, MySpace, or PureVolume so I can check them out and decide for myself whether or not to buy the album.


Amen.  I used to download a couple songs to see if I liked the band's sound.  If I did, I bought the album.  If I didn't, I didn't buy the album.

Now, myspace and purevolume generally have around 5 different songs total that you can stream at a fairly decent quality.  It's legal and much easier.  I haven't downloaded a song in a long time (minus ones from iTunes).

As for the article, interesting.
2726  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 22, 2006, 03:02:35 PM
I'll be honest, I don't care so much.  I watched a game or two here and there.  It's not soccer, I just don't watch sports all that much with the exception of some college basketball and pro football.

However soccer is one hell of a good time to play.  I also played it till I was about 11 or 12 (my mom was kind of a soccer mom too).  If I find a random game playing this day that needs more people, I definitely jump in.
2727  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / WoW - 1.12 Coming Soon on: June 22, 2006, 02:42:35 PM
Quote from: "Ryos"
Incentive for world PVP's already in 1.11.  It's called, "Better honor at Light Hope's Chapel than grinding battlegrounds."  Man, we ganked so many suckers yesterday in-between owning crystals and getting raped by undocumented huge AQ40 boss changes.


What does killing the crystals do anyway?

Anyways, I quit WoW last week, finally cancelling my money drain account (barely played).  Once 1.2 hits, I may reinstall and reinstate.  We got a shitload of new transfers to our dead server (one of the reasons why i quit) and many major guilds transferred (such as "Fix Cthun or we quit" DnT).

From what I've heard, the cross realm BG system will absolutely rock if implemented flawlessly (chance of that happening, .001%).  This will absolutely rock in 60 BG's because it should limit 60 pug's in blues and greens verse epicced out guilds.  This should make for much more even matchups.  I can't see it doing that much in the 20-59 brackets except keep the levels closer to even on average.  What this should also do is limit stupid fucking forum bickering and eliminate topics as X guild rocks Y guild in BG since the group you face might be unheard of on your realm.  Better matches = less chances of other people afk'ing out.  I also wouldn't mind someway to fuck over the CP farmers who sit there and do nothing.  I am 99% sure nothing like this would be implemented, but it'd be nice.

The only thing I'm wondering about is exactly how will the bg's be implemented?  If I queue up, could I be thrown in with people from ANY realm?  Or will it be a bunch of people from my realm vs random people from another realm?  It'll be interesting to see.

World PvP might be nice.  I'll hold judgement until they release more information.  I wonder how this will effect normal servers, if at all, since they are always unflagged (everyone gets flagged when entering this area perhaps?).  Either way, it could be fun.  Seems like it would only effect 60's though.  Not much x<60 people could do against epicced out people.  I made a pre-made on the test realm and it taught me how much gear really matters.

As for the rogue review, I hope they don't get buffed too much.  I hate rogues (and i'm aware that 90% of the people on this forum play rogues). I wonder if it'll go back to being like back in the day when it felt like 20-25% of the realm pop were rogues.
2728  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 20, 2006, 05:56:26 PM
If it is indeed ToD2 they are remaking (and not ToE), I will buy a psp just for it.  I always wanted to play it as well.
2729  The Rest / General Discussions / *The* gamer-oriented question... on: May 28, 2006, 08:52:03 PM
Quote from: "Azrael"
Quote from: "Dincrest"
In addition, it was so liberating when I sold a shitload of my video games on Ebay.  Sure, part of it was so I could buy a bass amp, but it was great because then I felt like my monstrous backlog was no longer an obligation where I had to beat them all.  Gaming then became fun for me again, because it didn't feel like an obligation (and thus, like work.)


Yeah this actually helped me out a TON.  I had so many games that I needed to finsh that everytime I'd sit down to play something I'd feel like it wasn't fun, but more I was doing it just to get through it.  Hell I sold my cube and xbox and a good 90% of my PS2 games.  It felt real nice, I almost sold my PS2 but I'm glad I didn't cause I'm startin to get back into a few games.


yeah..  when i look at all the games come out in the fall, i'm kinda excited for them but at the same time not.  I still have DDS2 to finish (finally started making progress again) and Suikoden 5.  Grandia 3 is there too, but that's only if another one doesn't come out in time.

Right now, I wouldn't say it's a chore to play.  It's hard to get myself to sit down and PLAY, but once I do, I enjoy playing and have fun.  The only problem with this is that I don't make much time to play anymore.  In theory, I still like video games a lot.  It's just one of those things anymore where unless the game really grabs me, I seem to eventually ditch it (and maybe play later).  

Actually, I'm starting to think this next console generation may force me to quit.  I cannot justify dropping that much money for anything but a Wii anymore with my current amount of gaming.  I guess we'll see.
2730  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Guild Wars VS World of Warcraft on: May 28, 2006, 04:43:25 PM
hahahahaha.  really great.   wasn't expecting that.
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